A senseless loss; young father dies after fatal assault
IN THE final moments he spent with his family, Scott Snodgrass enjoyed a meal with his wife Roisin Maitland and their four children and posed for this photo with his eldest daughter Eve.
After a tragic turn of events to a night out, the 34-year-old's decision to stay out after the family dinner ultimately cost him his life.
Just hours after saying goodbye to his young family, who left to go home, Scott was knocked unconscious in a fight with another man near the Grafton St taxi rank as he made his own way home on Saturday around 1am.
Within the space of a few hours Scott was airlifted to Newcastle and placed on life support.
As police called for witnesses to the altercation on Monday, Ms Maitland said she made 'the toughest decision of her life' to turn off his life support.
She did so after Eve, 9, Josephine, 7, Sarah, 6, and Archie, 2, had said their final goodbyes to their dad.
That last dinner together happened ahead of what was to be a special family weekend.
Young Archie was to be christened on the Sunday.
"He was just a great dad, the kind every kid wants," Ms Maitland told reporters.
"He would do anything for us and, whenever we needed him, he would be there straight away."
The family has since donated Scott's organs to save others.
Police have questioned a 20-year-old man from Boambee East who was detained at the scene.
He has since told detectives he 'defended himself' during the fight.
Security guards at the nearby taxi rank, who called 000, were shocked to learn one of their own was involved, as Scott worked for a local security firm and was a landscaper by day.
Witnesses say they heard yelling between the men before Scott was seen to fall heavily on the footpath.
Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said detectives investigating the case need the help of witnesses.
"We need to be clear about the exact circumstances surrounding the fight before we consider charges," Inspt. Lindsay said.